The Cave
First screened in November 2019
Director: Feras Fayyad. Documentary about a literally underground hospital in the Easter Ghouta region of Syria, staffed mostly by female doctors and administrators throughout the military siege. Screenplay: Alisar Hasan and Feras Fayyad (based on the unpublished diary of Amani Ballour).

Twitter Capsule: Predictably harrowing. Technically and logistically amazing. Sound and editing rhythms amplify horror but retain humanity.

VOR:   Without underscoring its own virtuosity, makes quite a case for rich, heightened sound mix as a documentary too. Indispensable record of witnessing.

Photo © 2019 National Geographic Documentary Films

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Documentary Feature

Other Awards:
Toronto International Film Festival: People's Choice Award (Documentary)

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